No, I don’t want Trump to suc­ceed

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION - Bill Press is syn­di­cated by Tri­bune Me­dia Ser­vices. His email ad­dress is: bill@ bill­press.com. Bill Press

In 2004, Thomas Frank wrote a very in­sight­ful book called “What’s the Mat­ter with Kansas?” After Tues­day’s elec­tion re­sults, he owes us an­other book: “What’s the Mat­ter with Amer­ica?”

If we re­ally be­lieve in Amer­ica, how could we elect as pres­i­dent a man who is against ev­ery­thing Amer­ica stands for? If we re­ally be­lieve that all men and women are equal un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion, how could we elect a man who treats women like dirt and prom­ises to round up and de­port 11 mil­lion Lati­nos?

If we re­ally be­lieve in free­dom of re­li­gion, how could we elect a man who wants to in­sti­tute a re­li­gious test for any­one com­ing into this coun­try? If we re­ally be­lieve in sav­ing the planet, how could we elect a man who claims global warm­ing’s a hoax in­vented by the Chi­nese?

If we re­ally be­lieve in Amer­ica’s stand­ing in the world, how could we elect a man who’s a global em­bar­rass­ment, and who wants to car­pet bomb ISIS and hand out nu­clear weapons to South Korea, Ja­pan and Saudi Ara­bia? If we re­ally be­lieve in the dig­nity of the of­fice of pres­i­dent of the United States, how could we elect a man who’s so clearly un­qual­i­fied and un­fit for the job?

It’s al­ways hard to lose an elec­tion, any elec­tion. Take it from me. I’ve been in­volved in los­ing pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns and lo­cal cam­paigns. I led a los­ing statewide ini­tia­tive cam­paign. I ran for statewide of­fice my­self and lost. Ev­ery one of those fail­ures hurt. But this one, this loss to Don­ald Trump, is dif­fer­ent. This is worse than los­ing to Ron­ald Rea­gan or Ge­orge W. Bush. It’s worse than any po­lit­i­cal loss we’ve ever suf­fered. Be­cause this time ev­ery­thing we be­lieve in is sud­denly at risk. Ev­ery­thing we fought for and gained is likely to be ripped away from us.

The morn­ing after Trump’s dra­matic and un­ex­pected win, both Pres­i­dent Obama and Sec­re­tary Clin­ton took the high road, ac­knowl­edg­ing their dis­ap­point­ment, but urg­ing Amer­i­cans to put their pain aside and unite be­hind the new pres­i­dent. He’d in­structed his staff to work with Trump’s team to en­sure an or­derly tran­si­tion be­cause, said the pres­i­dent, “we are now all root­ing for his suc­cess.” Ad­dress­ing her cam­paign team in New York, Clin­ton echoed: “I hope that he will be a successful pres­i­dent for all Amer­i­cans.”

Now, you and I both know they’re right. That’s what we should do. As good-hearted Amer­i­cans, we’re all sup­posed to wish the new pres­i­dent well and hope he suc­ceeds. But count me out. When that train leaves the sta­tion, I won’t be on it. I’m sorry, but no, I don’t want Don­ald Trump to suc­ceed. I want Don­ald Trump to fail.

Think about it. Here’s what Amer­ica will look like if Don­ald Trump suc­ceeds in de­liv­er­ing what he promised dur­ing his cam­paign. If he suc­ceeds in re­peal­ing Oba­macare, 20 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who now have health in­sur­ance for the very first time — fam­i­lies with chil­dren, the dis­abled, peo­ple with se­ri­ous ill­ness, poor peo­ple on Med­i­caid — will lose that pro­tec­tion and be thrown back on the mercy of in­sur­ance com­pa­nies. With no back-up plan, be­cause Trump has not pro­vided one.

If Don­ald Trump suc­ceeds in plac­ing one or more con­ser­va­tives on the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade will be over­turned in his first year in of­fice, women will lose the right to con­trol their own bod­ies, women’s health will suf­fer and preg­nant women seek­ing an abor­tion will be con­demned to the fate of back al­leys and coat hang­ers.

If Don­ald Trump suc­ceeds, all ef­forts to slow the growth of cli­mate change will cease and all progress made so far will be re­versed. The United States will pull out of the Paris Cli­mate Ac­cord. EPA’s new rules lim­it­ing emis­sions from coal-fired power plants will be re­scinded. As will any reg­u­la­tions on drilling offshore or on pub­lic lands.

If Don­ald Trump suc­ceeds, the Iran Nu­clear Deal will be scrapped, al­low­ing Iran to re­sume the build­ing of nu­clear weapons. There will be no min­i­mum wage. There will be no la­bor unions. Once the Dod­dFrank law is re­pealed, there will be no more re­stric­tions on reck­less Wall Street trad­ing. But the wealth­i­est of Amer­i­cans will en­joy an­other big, fat tax cut from their bil­lion­aire buddy.

Again, I didn’t make this agenda up. These are all prom­ises made by Don­ald Trump dur­ing his cam­paign. These are his top pri­or­i­ties. That’s why I want him to fail. That’s why I don’t want him to suc­ceed. Be­cause if Don­ald Trump suc­ceeds, Amer­ica fails.

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